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CED Digest Vol. 4 No. 9  •  2/27/1999


Date: Sun, 21 Feb 1999 09:13:59 -0600
From: Geoff Oltmans
To: Tom Howe <>
Subject: Re: CED Digest Vol. 4 No. 8

> My theory is that the discs are the major cause of the skiping. Due to
> changes in their surface and track characteristics as they age.......I
> believe it was this skipping that some reliability engineer discovered.....
> and the potential liability it posed that caused RCA to remove the product
> from the market. I have examined some skippers....up close....and it looked
> like the plastic was changing color/texture. The fact that discs that
> didn't skip and then did ....on two different players makes me suspect the
> media.Although one seems to be able to "adjust/fix" the player to stop/slow
> skiping those discs come back soon as skippers. Comments?
> I've never seen a business specific P & L on ced's. Is one available?

I think you're right... the majority of the skipping is the cause of the
media itself. I have noticed on a couple of my discs that skip that
there are visible spots on the disc, which I think is where the
lubricant has dried out a little, and they tend to skip over those
points. Plus you can find scratches on the discs from just
inserting/removing the discs from the caddy. It doesn't take much to
throw it off track, since we're talking about a groove density that's
pretty high. If the stylus is deflected by just a few microns, it'll


Date: Mon, 22 Feb 1999 07:04:43 -0600
From: "David Potochick"
Subject: CED's for sale or Trade

3 CED Movies For Sale or Trade...... 

Make me an offer.... Perhaps I should put them on Ebay..... Hmmmm...
Anyway, here are the movies.... 

Breaking Away
The Hunchback Of Notre Dame 
Ordinary People (2 disc set)


From: Zman851014
Date: Mon, 22 Feb 1999 13:42:30 EST
Subject: Rca CED player

Hello,Sir.May be you could help me?I have an RCA CED machine which developed
a low pitch grounding noise while playing a disk(video is o.k. but sound is
when stopped it makes a noise just like bad brake pads on the car.The noise is
rotating.What it could be?Is it easy to fix?



P.S. Please subscribe me to the digest.

Subject: CED Player SGT-250
From:  peterg
To: "Tom Howe" <>
Date: Thu, 25 Feb 1999 00:44:37 -0500

 How is everything going? I just got a GREAT deal on some CED's my 
following your advise.I palced a wanted add in my local paper for RCA 
Selectavision. I got a response from a man who lives 5 minutes from me.

He had a non working SGT-250(with REMOTE! and manuel)plus 57 discs all of 
the "classic" vein that RCA released(Pscyo,29 Steps,Ben Hurr and so on) I 
told him the discs dont go for much at all. He said how about $1.00 a 
disk and I will throw in the non-working player with remote!

I got the lot and brought it home. I have a SGT-250 that works pretty 
well so I can use the remote with it. I know the remote goes for $60.00 
new.Here is the problem with the SGT-250 that I just got. I hope you and 
others from the newsletter can help(Please)

1.When you plug it in and turn it on a motor starts going.The Door will 
not open.

2.I opened the door with a pen and looked inside.

3. I discovered that the turntable is not where it should be. It is up 
high, past where the door opens up. I dont know how the turntable got up 
in that position.

4.Do you know if this can be fixed easily or is it a impossible job? I 
know you had stated in the webpage that the SGT-250 was made very well 
compared to other CED players. 

Problem #2
The working CED Plaer(250) that I have been using has a small problem, 
that may get worse.

1.When you turn on the player a motor starts going. The Door tries to 
open but it only opens about a quarter of the way it should.I have to 
pull it down with my finger.

2. When I put the very top edge of the caddy into the machine,a motor 
stops goiong(the motor to open the door?)

3. When I unload a disc(by putting the caddy in) the motor continues to 
"grind" until I turn off the player. At this point the door closes all 
the way.

What do you think the problem might be(worn belt) and how could it be 

Thank you for your helpful advide in advance!


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